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Eating for Two: 24 Weeks Pregnant

Hey dudes and dudettes!! Happy Monday to you!! Did you do anything exciting this weekend?! I, personally, had a faaaaaaaaaaabulous weekend with the hubs, Bill, Susan, and my Poppa Bear!

We ate a lot, as per usual, and we made an AWESOME healthy(ish) dinner on Saturday. Susan and I took a really interesting yoga class, too. Funny story – the instructor didn’t show up until the last minute so I didn’t have a moment to let her know I was pregnant before class started, which I typically like to do so they know what’s up, but I’m at a point where it’s pretty obvious and I have random strangers congratulating me in Trader Joe’s (for reals!). Well, she didn’t notice the whole time I guess (or just thought I was chubby) so when the time came for Bow Pose and I started cat/cow instead she came up to me to ask me if I was okay so I got to announce to the whole class (which was HUGE by the way, like 40+ people! I’ve never taken a yoga class with so many people in it!!) that I was pregnant. She laughed and was apologetic after. I take it as a compliment, though, because the flat-on-my-belly stuff are the only poses I need to modify right now! I even rocked Crow pretty hard, which I was impressed with, because I really haven’t practiced it the last 24 weeks.

Anywho, onto the survey! I was getting bored of the same questions with so many of my answers being the same week to week lately, so I found some new questions to pop in here! Hope you enjoy!

24 weeks

How far along: 24 weeks, 4 days

Total weight gain/loss:  137 lbs – 22 lbs gained total so far. I’m feeling good and right on track!!

Maternity clothes? Oh you bet!! I’m living in leggings lately. The fact that hoodies don’t even hide my belly anymore is crazy!

Stretch marks? Nope!! Let’s *knock on wood* hope it stays that way!!

Sleep: Meh – the last few nights I’ve been waking up a whole bunch. Not for any particular reason, but it’s still not much fun.

Miss anything? I’m doing well on this front. I still submit that the two things I have missed the most since finding out I was pregnant are over easy eggs and the sauna. Otherwise I’m peachy-keen.

Movement: You bet!! This little miss is becoming more and more active every day – which I take to be a good thing!! She’s already kind of on a schedule, too. I feel her usually between 7:30 and 8:30 in the morning, around lunch time, around 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon, and at bedtime (which lately is around 9:30 or 10:00).

Food cravings:  For the last two weeks allllll I’ve wanted was to eat some shrimp!! I FINALLY got my wish last night and made Shrimp Scampi and it was perfection. (Thanks again for the shrimp, Kyle 😉 ) I’ll be sharing that recipe this Thursday.

Food aversions: Nope!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!

Best moment this week: Saturday in general was pretty fantastic. I loved getting some girl time in with Susan and our friend Brenna, who I hadn’t had to opportunity to hang out with in quite some time! We went to yoga and grabbed a lite brunch. Then Susan and I went to Trader Joe’s which was AWESOME because there are none by me (COME TO CENTRAL PA, TRADER JOES!!). We picked up some really great produce, a delicious mixed berry oatmeal blend, some rosemary foccacia we enjoyed with dinner on Saturday, and I snagged some chia seeds on the cheap!! My Dad came over and hung out for dinner. I love long nights spent in the kitchen and at the dinner table just chatting over a long dinner. It was such a perfect day!!

Gender predictionGIRL!

Labor signs: No. That’s just silly.

Symptoms: I guess I’ve actually been pretty “symptom free” for the last two weeks! Hooray!

Belly Button in or out? In!

Wedding rings on or off? On!

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Been feeling slightly less moody the last week or so (no matter what my husband says!).

Looking forward to: This Sunday I plan to catch up with some of my girl friends over coffee!! I can’t wait to see all of their beautiful faces. 😀

Home or hospital birth? No matter how much I don’t care for hospitals I don’t think I’d ever really be down for a home birth. 

Natural or medicated birth? At this point in time I’m comfortable saying that I intend to do this thing au natural. However, if during my labor it gets to a point where I don’t feel like I can hack it I won’t be heartbroken if I decide I need an epidural. I can’t predict the future, ya know?  Johnny and I have discussed this at length. He’ll be with me and encouraging me and we can hope it’s enough buuuuut we’re pretty realisic people, too. So, I’ll really only know the answer to this questions when the big day arrives!

Who will be in the delivery room with you? Just Johnny and the medical staff.

Will you breastfeed? I will do everything I can to make it happen!

Do you think you’ll need a c-section? I don’t think so…I hope not…but again…if it’s necessary I’ll deal with it and I won’t get too worked up about it.

Will you cry when you hold the baby for the first time? Heh – that’s like asking me if I’ll eat peanut butter today. (That answer, of course, is DUH!)

What’s the first thing you might say to her? Oh goodness, who knows, probably something incomprehensible because I’ll be crying so hard. Ha.

Would you let someone videotape the birth? Nooooooooope. The only people who need to see it will be there in the room with me.

Are you excited or scared about the birth? Well obviously I’m super excited!! I think I’m a very healthy combination of the two, actually. Haha. I can’t wait to meet this little munchkin and see her pretty little face and hold her, but ya know, popping her out is a little intimidating.

Meal Plan Monday & A Fun Frittata

Hey, dudes!! Happy Monday!! I can still say it’s happy because it’s early. Heh.

I hope you all had a nice weekend! Did you do anything exciting for Valentine’s Day?  Our cooking dinner plans didn’t work out as anticipated so we wound up going out to dinner instead, but we had a loveerly time. We also snagged this preggo some froyo!! (Peanut Butter and Coffee flavored froyo topped with peanut butter chips and peanut m&ms. I have a problem.) Then we rented Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters and We Are The Millers and snuggled. I would recommend both movies to anyone who hasn’t seen them. Sooooooooooooo good and HILARIOUS!!!

Anywho, I’ve finally jumped onto the Sunday Food Prep bandwagon a la The Lean Green Bean! It was great to actually have the time this weekend to get soooo much stuff ready for the week. I’m really looking forward to just grabbing stuff when I need it, having my veggies all chopped up for salads throughout the week, and even having parts of my dinners ready to go! It took me about 3 hours to get all of this done. I set my tablet up in the kitchen and put on a few episodes of Bones that I was behind on – so I probably could have gotten it done even faster had I not let myself get distracted by the show here and there. I just didn’t feel like hanging out in the kitchen in silence. Either way, Here is what I prepped:

Sunday food prep

 

  • One dozen turkey meatloaf muffins
  • 40 banana chocolate chip protein mini muffins
  • A frittata with Canadian bacon, bell peppers, scallions, and cheddar cheese (6 servings – recipe below)
  • 1 roasted spaghetti squash
  • 4 baked sweet potatoes
  • 1 cucumber, 1 yellow bell pepper
  • Oat flour

And hereeeeeeeeeeee is my meal plan for the week! We’re going to visit Bill and Susan and my Poppa Bear in New Jersey this weekend, so I only needed to worry about dinner Monday- Thursday and then when we’re home on Sunday night. Though I am SO looking forward to cooking up a storm Saturday night with my dear Susie! In addition to other tasty bites she has formally requested my kale salad – which I can’t wait to devour!

Monday
Meatless MondayMinestrone Soup with Garlic & Mozzarella English Muffin Melts

Tuesday
Tilapia Tacos with Southwest Slaw

Wednesday
Mini Turkey Meatloaf Muffins with Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Frozen Veggies ( I always have a stockpile of the Green Giant Healthy Weight Blend. It’s snap peas, carrots, black beans, and edamame. Johnny and I both love it!)

Thursday
Grilled Pesto Chicken with Tomatoes, Green Beans, and Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Sunday
Shrimp Scampi
(My latest pregnancy craving, people. All I want to do is eat shrimp all the time!!)

And just for funsies – here’s the recipes for my super simple frittata! It’s packed with protein and surprisingly low in calories!! Perfect for mommies-to-be! *wink wink* I enjoyed mine with half of a whole wheat english muffin with a little smart balance to make it a complete breakfast! If you’re not a meat eater this would be just as delicious without the Canadian bacon, I was just in the mood for it this week!

Scallion & Bell Pepper Frittata

  •  6 whole eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 scallions, diced
  • 5 slices Canadian bacon, diced
  • 1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

Add the Canadian bacon to a small, dry skillet over high heat. Let it cook, stirring occasionally, for about 6 minutes or until the Canadian bacon starts to brown. Add the bell peppers and cook about 5 minutes more or until the peppers start to char. Remove from heat.

Spray an 11×7 inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Add the Canadian bacon and pepper mixture to the bottom of the pan. Top with the egg mixture, scallions, and cheddar cheese.

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until set. Let cool before slicing into six servings.

frittata

Nutrition per serving (calculated on MyFitnessPal):
186 calories
5 grams carbs
10 grams fat
18 grams protein
1 gram fiber
2 grams sugar

That’s all for today, folks!! But don’t forget to come back for What I Ate Wednesday and my grand link-up premier this Thursday for my Real Food Recipe Roundup!!